WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016
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ULC Webinar:  
Recipe for Redesign   
Thursday, March 24, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Is your library considering redesigning a space or building a new branch? Do you need a bit of inspiration and ideas as your team works through the complex process? If so, then join Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins and Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director of Do Space, as they break down their library's transformation and creation process and share lessons learned.

During the webinar Melanie will discuss how she, her staff and a team of architects, built new space with the financial support and buy-in from the community; how the design work inspired, created and strengthened programs; and how the redesign shifted the library's service approach. Melanie will also discuss how the work impacted library operations and led to the creation of new positions.

Then we will shift gears and hear from Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director of Do Space, Omaha's first digital library. Rebecca will discuss the development of Do Space, what it took to build a space intentionally created for community technology and innovation, and what you need to look for when "shopping" for space that reflects the work of a library like Do Space. Rebecca will also discuss the community's reaction to the new digital library and the partnerships she has created to continue its growth.

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!

Edge @ PLA 2016 Conference
April 5 - 9, 2016
Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

Stop by Booth 424 in the PLA Exhibit Hall to reconnect with ULC staff and get the latest news on the Edge Initiative!

ULC Deputy Directors Meet-Up 
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

Click here to learn more and RSVP by March 31, 2016.

ULC Communications & Marketing Meet-Up 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room
Denver, CO

Click here to learn more and RSVP by March 31, 2016.

ULC Education Leaders Meet-Up 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

Click here to learn more and RSVP by March 18, 2016.

ULC 2016 Annual Forum
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Mark your calendars! The ULC Annual Forum will be held at a new time of year in 2016 and registration will be opening the first week of April. Stay tuned for Annual Forum updates and we hope to see you and your leadership teams October 5-7 in Kansas City!

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive. 
Get Ready for Endless Summer Learning

In communities across North America, public libraries are redefining and expanding summer programs to address the summer slide and create new learning opportunities for youth and families. The School Library Journal March 2016 cover story, "Get Ready for Endless Summer Learning," examines this transition and features insights from ULC members Chicago Public Library and New Haven Free Public Library, as well as ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose.

Emily and Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), were interviewed together for the article, which prominently features information from ULC and NSLA's Accelerate Summer partnership. The piece highlights how leading libraries are developing community partnerships and adding hands-on, STEM learning activities, to strengthen programs
for deeper engagement. 

ULC Member Libraries Invited to Participate in Free Webinar on Promoting STEM Opportunities   

On Thursday, March 17th at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET, ULC members are invited to join the National Girls Collaborative Project for a free webinar demonstration on how to use The Connectory, the largest and most comprehensive directory of STEM opportunities and programs in the country.

The Connectory is a free online collaboration tool for STEM program providers to use, search for partners, and connect on projects. It is also a place that families can visit to find STEM related programs and opportunities for their children and youth.

During this webinar, exclusively for ULC members, you will learn how you can add your STEM opportunities to The Connectory and use the tool to collaborate with other organizations.

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more and register today!

Reminder: ULC Executive Board Nominations Due March 18

ULC is currently seeking nominations for three positions on the ULC Executive Board. The ULC Executive Board establishes strategic direction for ULC and ULC Board members represent three areas: library directors, library trustee or board members, and the public-at-large. There is currently one opening in each of the three areas and all three will begin their first term in July 2016. Board member requirements for each category are:
  • Library Director Nominees must be from a ULC member library. Candidates should demonstrate leadership within the ULC community and the library profession.
  • Library Trustee or Board Member Nominees must be from a ULC member library. Candidates should demonstrate significant leadership within their library board or foundation and an ability to develop a broad perspective of the strategic value of public libraries within the communities they serve.
  • Public-at-Large Nominees may include candidates from any number of professions or backgrounds. Past public members have included city and county leaders, museum directors, university faculty, business and non-profit executives, as well as other national leaders interested in supporting the future of public libraries.
ULC Executive Board members must be able to attend three on-site board meetings held throughout the year and to participate in ULC member conferences and activities. Board terms are for two years, with an opportunity to serve three consecutive terms (six years).
ULC will accept nominations until Friday, March 18, 2016. Please email nominations along with a short résumé or brief biography to ULC's Pamela Segal. The ULC Executive Board will present nominees for election at the ULC Annual Member Meeting held in conjunction with the ALA Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Kent County

Kent District Library (KDL) recently launched a new initiative to offer circulating mobile hot spots at five branches in Kent County, Michigan. Through the program, adult cardholders can check out a Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to three weeks.

The Library also recently started offering circulating iPads at all 18 branch locations, strengthening KDL's home digital offerings and providing more ways for community members to access critical resources and information.

"With so much of everyday life ---  from plane tickets to product rebates ---  tied to the Internet, offering this service will make it easier for patrons who live in areas with poor access to get tasks done," said Sandy Graham, Branch Manager of the Alto Branch. "Along with that, this device is so easy and convenient to use, it will give users the confidence to independently increase their digital skills." 
E-RATE 2016:
We all know that the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that libraries receiving federal technology funds comply with certain Internet filtering and policy requirements. But did you know that CIPA requires schools and libraries receiving discounts on Data Transmission and Internet Access, Internal Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services and/or Basic Maintenance to have at least "one public hearing or meeting" with "reasonable public notice"?

For more information on CIPA compliance, click here.

And if you have specific questions, join ULC and the State E-rate Coordinators on weekly calls Tuesdays at 2 pm ET. For call-in information, contact Katherine Bates.  
Navigate Summer Learning Landscape with NSLA's 2016 Funding Resource Guide 

Shortly after announcing the launch of the Summer Opportunity Project, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) released the 2016 Summer Opportunities Funding Resource Guide and Action Toolkit. This new resource, produced in collaboration with the White House, Civic Nation and the U.S. Department of Education, helps libraries and other community leaders identify new federal, state and local funding streams for summer learning initiatives, as well as examples for leveraging partnerships and private funding to implement programs.

Click here to view the Resource Guide.

Become a City Host
for the NTEN Digital
Inclusion Fellowship

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) is accepting applications for City Hosts in the second cohort of its Digital Inclusion Fellowship program. Launched in partnership with Google Fiber in July 2015, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship pairs emerging leaders in seven metro areas across the United States with community organizations to spend a year building localized programs to get more people online and trained in digital literacy. Serving as a City Host places libraries at the center of innovative digital inclusion efforts in these communities and provides an opportunity to position themselves as critical community leaders.

Organizations interested in serving as City Hosts must submit applications by March 14, 2016.

Visit the Digital Inclusion Fellowship website to learn more and apply today. 
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